Published: October 22, 2014 | Detroit, MI
Freescale Semiconductor introduced a comprehensive hardware/software development system for enabling automotive grade Ethernet connectivity for next generation infotainment, instrument cluster, camera telematics and rear seat entertainment designs. The new solution will support real-time data transport throughout the vehicle and replace expensive digital technologies.
The new SABRE (Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering) for Auto Infotainment (AI) development system leverages the proven performance and scalability of Freescale’s i.MX 6 series applications processors to speed and simplify Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB) deployment. The development system helps connect a broad array of onboard multimedia nodes using automotive-grade Ethernet components and is optimized for hardware/software integration. Freescale has also introduced automotive-grade AVB Ethernet software stacks engineered to work seamlessly with the development system’s hardware for a truly comprehensive solution.
The development system saves OEMs considerable hardware system cost and cabling weight by leveraging Ethernet AVB using 2-wire CAN cabling to replace more expensive connectivity technologies. SABRE AI supports both 100 Mbps automotive Ethernet physical interfaces as well as multi-port switches to allow customers to design for their specific needs.
“In the IoT era, infotainment’s primary role is to intelligently connect the car and all of its subsystems to the driver and passengers’ world — enriching the driving experience and enhancing the safety of the vehicle. Freescale’s new SABRE for Auto Infotainment system helps automotive OEMs and their Tier One suppliers rapidly create and deploy automotive multimedia systems for this new paradigm.”
–Dan Loop, automotive business development manager for Freescale’s MCU group.
The new SABRE AI development system hardware includes:
- SABRE Automotive Rev2 CPU Cards with i.MX 6Quad and i.MX 6DualLite applications processors (MCIMX6QAICPU2, MCIMX6DLAICPU2)
- New “Flexible Ethernet Expansion” header supporting:
- Atheros Gb PHY (software compatible with CPU1 systems)
Freescale’s newest SABRE (Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering) for Auto Infotainment (AI) is sampling now, with broad availability planned for Q1 2015. The company also plans to release corresponding AVB software solutions in Q1 2015. For more information, please the official page of Freescale’s SABRE.